Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I had a student visit me at the reference desk the other day looking for some help with her first bench memo. She wanted background information on the federal judicial system and some practical help with the legal issues she was to research. Here are some helpful resources for law clerks and law students who want to know more about clerkships.
About the Courts/Handbooks
Understanding the Federal Courts is an introduction to the structure and function of federal courts with sections on the structure and jurisdiction of federal courts, the appointment of judges, etc. It is available here.
Debra M Strauss, Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships (2002) – more information here.
Joseph L. Lemon, Federal Appellate Court Law Clerk Handbook (ABA 2007)
Calvert G. Chipchase, Federal District Court Law Clerk Handbook (ABA 2007)
Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges – available online here.
Aliza Milner, Judicial Clerkships: Legal Methods in Motion (LexisNexis 2011)
Mary L. Dunnewold, Beth A. Honetschlager & Brenda L. Tofte, Judicial Clerkships: A Practical Guide (2010)
Happy researching and writing to all law clerks!